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Grateful Jaffer thanks Sehwag for piece of advice

Written by: Staff

St John's, Antigua, June 5 (UNI) Virender Sehwag might have been unlucky to throw away a good start in the Antigua Test but it was his piece of advice to Wasim Jaffer that helped the Mumbai opener get past his initial worries and score his first overseas century.

In the second innings, Jaffer played and missed a couple of times initially and looked in all sorts of trouble. But Sehwag had a piece of advise for him that helped him concentrate and post an unbeaten century, revealed Jaffar.

''Sehwag walked up to me and said that if the ball was above stumps height then I could as well leave it alone. That worked for me. Playing with Sehwag is speacial because he scores very fast and then there is no pressure on others,'' said a grateful Jaffer.

He also said that he was short of match practice coming out of injury. Jaffer had a shine-bone operation recently.

''The only match practice was the two-day game in Antigua and couple of net practices. Usually I practise more, but here I concentrated hard to score big,'' he said.

Jaffer said that West Indies were badly affected by the hamstring pull of Fidel Edwards that stopped him from bowling after his sixth over.

Jaffer also said that the cut to point boundary that fetched him his hundred was special.

''It was a special one to get the milestone. It was half volley and I placed it near gully for four,'' he said.

West Indies coach Bennett King also congratulated Jafferfor his knock that brought back India in the match.

''He played soundly and did not take many chances. He did give a few chances early in the innings which we should have grabbed. But congratulations on his second hundred,'' said King.


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